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Perfectly Practical Tote Bag



It's practically perfect! Large zipper top bag is great for all of your daily travels! Two pockets outside (zippered or open) and two pockets inside keep everything organized.  

It is a 2 part class.  Participants MUST come to class with all fabrics cut out according to my adjusted cutting instructions.  Additionally, participants MUST fuse the outside and inside front and back pieces.

Materials:
7/8 yd. Fabric A for outside body, inside pockets and pockets lining
**3/8-yard Front pockets and lining
½ -yard Fabric (B) for bag inside lining
**3/8 – yard Inside pockets and lining
½ - yard (C) Sashing/Binding (for sides, bag bottom, zipper and handles)
½- yard fusible foam
24” or 30” double slide zipper.  I highly recommend a By Annie zipper.
** Feel free to use coordinating fabric from your stash for the outside and inside pockets and lining therefore eliminating the need to purchase this fabric.  Both inside and outside pockets require binding.  This should be coordinating fabric.
**See after cutting instructions for additional materials.

 
Step 1: Cutting Guide
Fabric   Cutting Instructions
Focus (A) Outside Cut (2) 15” WOF strips, take (1) strip, open & turn so it lays with selvages on the left and right.
    Straighten the left edge & remove the selvage
  Cut (1) strip into (2) 10” pieces (center) & (3) 6 ½” WOF pieces (sides)
    Turn 2nd strip, open & turn so it lays with selvages on the left and right.
    Straighten the left edge & remove the selvage
  Cut 2nd strip into (1) 6 ½” WOF piece (sides)
    Set aside remaining fabric for use later
Focus (B) Inside Lining Cut (2) 15” WOF strips, take (1) strip, open & turn so it lays with selvages on the left and right.
    Straighten the left edge & remove the selvage
  Cut (1) strip into (2) 10” pieces (center) & (3) 6 ½” WOF pieces (sides)
    Turn 2nd strip, open & turn so it lays with selvages on the left and right
    Straighten the left edge & remove the selvage
  Cut 2nd strip into (1) 6 ½” WOF piece (sides)
    Set aside remaining fabric for use later
Pockets Outside & Lining Cut (4) 9” x 8 ½”
  Outside Binding Cut (2) 2 ¼” x 9” strips 
 Pockets  Inside & Lining Cut (4) 9” x 7 ½” strips 
  Inside Binding  Cut (2) 2 ¼” x 9” strips 
 Fabric
(C)
 Handles  Cut (4) 2 ½” x 32” strips
  Sides Cut (2) 1 ¼” x 15” strips
    Cut (2) 2” x 15” strips
  Bottom Binding Cut (1) 2 ½” WOF strip
  Zipper Binding Cut (1) 2 ½” WOF strip
  Bottom Binding Cut (2) 1 ¼” WOF strips
  Zipper Tabs Cut (2) 2” x 5” pieces
Fusible Foam    
  Outside & Inside

Follow pattern cutting instructions on page 2, substituting 15” for ALL measurements of 14” (10”x15” instead of 10”x14”)

  Handles Cut (2) strips 2” x 31”
  Zipper Tabs Do Not Cut (instructor will provide these pieces)

Step 2: Fusing Foam to CENTER PIECES ONLY (10” x 15”)
  • Place parchment paper on ironing board. 

  • Place foam fusible side up on the parchment paper.  

  • Lay Focus (A) on the foam making sure all edges are matched. 

  • Begin fusing by placing the iron in the center of the foam using pressure to fuse the foam and fabric together.  

  • Procedure moving the iron towards the outer edges of the fabric. 

  • Repeat process with Coordinating fabric (B)


STOP DO NOT PROCEED BEYOND THIS POINT!

DO NOT FUSE THE SIDES

Come to class with Steps One and Two completed.

 
Additional Materials:
  • Sewing machine in good working order

  • ¼” sewing foot

  • Walking Foot

  • Threads to match all fabrics in your project

  • (2) bobbins wound of Fabric (A) & (B)

  • Cutting Board (18” x 24”)

  • Rotary Cutter (60mm if you have one)

  • Ruler (18” x 24” & smaller ruler if you have one)

  • Scissors

  • Clips & Quilter’s straight pins

  • Erasable pen (so that you can see markings on  your fabric)

  • ¼” clear plumbing tubing (Lowe’s)

  • Bosal’s Craf-Tex Plus Pre-cut bottom for Perfectly Practical Bag


Skill Level: Intermediate
Skill Details:
Instructor: Linda Stewart
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Includes Lunch

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Phone: 804-270-1882
Address: 8079 West Broad St
                 Richmond, VA 23294
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